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Submission + - SPAM: Sam Raimi To Direct World of Warcraft Movie

itwbennett writes: "'Whether you fight for the Horde or support the Alliance, you should feel secure that the movie version of your conflict is in good hands,' says blogger Peter Smith. 'Blizzard Entertainment, creators of the oh-so-successful World of Warcraft online computer game, announced last night that Sam Raimi has been tagged to direct the movie based on the game. Raimi is most recently known for his work on the Spiderman movies and Drag Me To Hell but his credits go all the way back to cult classic The Evil Dead. He was also the Producer of a number of 1990's fantasy-adventure series such as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. Point being: the man knows how to turn a bunch of characters hacking at each other with swords into fun entertainment.'"
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Submission + - From Doom to Dunia: The History of 3D Engines

notthatwillsmith writes: It's difficult to think of a single category of application that's driven the pace of desktop hardware development further and faster than first-person shooters. Maximum PC examined the evolution of FPS engines, examining the key technologies that brought games from the early sprite-based days of Doom to the fully 3D rendered African savannah as rendered by Far Cry 2's Dunia engine. It's truly amazing how far the state of the art has moved in the last 16 years!

Submission + - Longest Solar Eclipse of the 21st Century (

Matt_dk writes: "One one-thousand, 2 one-thousand, 3 one-thousand, 4 one-thousand, continue counting and don't stop until you reach 399 one-thousand. Did that feel like a long time? Six minutes and 39 seconds to be exact. That's the duration of this week's total solar eclipse — the longest of the 21st century. The event begins at the crack of dawn on Wednesday, July 22nd, in the Gulf of Khambhat just east of India. Morning fishermen will experience a sunrise like nothing they've ever seen before."

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